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As Amended to April, 1915 

General Society Orsranized January 8, 1892 


Incorporated by Act of United States Cong^ress 
as approved by President McKinley on Febru- 
ary Twenty>fifth, Nineteen Hundred and One 


ARTICLE I-Section 7— By-Laws. 

The Daug-hters of the men who rendered 
service in the War of Eighteen Hundred and 
Twelve shall be known as "Real Daughters." 

They shall be exempt from the payment of 
initiation fees, annual dues and News-Letter 
fees; and States shall not be liable to the Na- 
tional Society for said fees and dues. April.1930. 

ARTICLE II— Section 6— By-Laws. 

The first and third vice-presidents national, 
recording secretary national, treasurer national 
and historian national shall be elected in the 
even calendar years. April, 1930. 

Fees and Dues — By-Laws 

Sec. 1. The initiation fee for all applicants 
for membership, other than "Real Daughters" 
in this society shall be two dollars. April, 1930. 

Sec. 2. The annual dues of adult members, 
other than "Real Daughters," shall be two dol- 
lars and of junior members, under eighteen 
years of age, one dollar, in addition to such 
other amounts as may be fixed by vote of the 
states or chapters, one dollar of the adult dues 
and fifty cents of junior dues shall be paid the 
national society by the state societies, as per 
capita dues. April, 1930. 

Members-at-Large, other than "Real Daugh- 
ters" shall pay the entire amount of annual 
dues to the national society. April, 1930. 

Sec. 3. Each member, other than "Real 
Daughters," shall pay to the national society, 
either directly or through her state organiza- 
tion, thirty cents per annum to assist in defray- 
ing the expenses of the News-Letter. April.1930. 



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Amended to April 
Nineteen Hundred and Fifteen 


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'^ Mrs. Flora Adams Darling 



' V'President, Mrs. William Gerry Slade New York 

(Jr First V. Pres., Miss M. Louise Edge New Jersey 

^ Sec. V. Pres., Miss Martha Treat Douglas. .New York 

Third V. Pres., Mrs. James Clarke Fisher. . .Virginia 
W Fourth V. Pres., Mrs. John M. Wilson Delaware 

Rec. Sec, Mrs. Moyes D. Baldwin Connecticut 

/Cor. Sec, Mrs. Mathias Steelman New Jersey 
Spec Sec, Mrs. deo. B. Wallis New York 
Aud., Miss Emma Webster Powell Missouri 

Treas., Mrs. Clarence F. R. Jenne. Connecticut 

Regis., Mrs. Calvin A. Troupe Maryland- 

Hist., Mrs. Katherine Braddock Barrow Arkansas 

Char. Trus., Mrs. Geo. B. Woodward (acting).. N. Y. 

Curator, Mrs. Charlton Alexander Mississippi 

Councillor, Mrs. William H. Hotchkin New York 

Legal Adv. and Parliamentarian, Mrs. B. L. Whitney 


Mrs. William Gerry Slade (chairman) New York 

Mrs. George B. Woodward New York 

Miss M. Louise Edge New Jersey 

Mrs. B. L. Whitney Michigan 

Mrs. Chas. Burt Tozier Ohio 


Mrs. Wm. Latta Nevin Pennsylvania 

Mrs. Sullivan Johnson Pennsylvania 

Mrs. Nellie Grant Sartoris Jones Ohio 

Mrs. Russell Sage New York 

Mrs. Truman H. Newberry Michigan 

Mrs. George Mortimer Massachusetts 

Mrs. John Abner Mead Vermont 

Mrs. William Lindsay Kentucky 

Mrs. D. Phoenix Ingraham New York 

Mrs. James A. Garfield Ohio 

Mrs. Felicite Gayuso deLomas Tennent. ... Louisiana 

Mrs. William Reed Maryland 

Mrs. John O. Norris Massachusetts 

Mrs. George B. Wallis New York 

Mrs. John M. -Wilson .Delaware 

Mrs. J. Heron Crosman New York 

Mrs. Philip Carpenter New York 

Mrs. John B. Richardson Louisiana 

These represent the States of Delaware, Pennsyl- 
vania, New Jersey, Georgia, Connecticut, Massachu- 
setts. Maryland, South Carolina, New Hampshire, 
Virginia, New York, North Carolina, Rhode Island, 
Vermont, Kentucky, Tennessee and Louisiana, the 
eighteen States in the Union at the time of the War 
of 1812. 



(At time of sending to printer, April, 1915, in order 
of organization.) 

New York Mrs. William Gerry Slade 

Louisiana Mrs. Allen Rogers Bankstone 

Michigan Mrs. James H. Campbell 

Pennsylvania Miss Martha H. Mclnness 

Maine Mrs. Geo. H. Walker 

Ohio Mrs. Stella Hayes Jacobi 

Maryland Mrs. James D. Iglehart 

Wisconsin Mrs. Frank L. Vance (acting) 

Vermont Mrs. Arthur Isham 

Georgia Miss Nina Hornady 

Missouri Miss Emma Webster Powell 

New Jersey Mrs. Mathias Steelman 

Colorado Mrs. Frank Wheaton 

Delaware Mrs. Thos. C. Munn 

Illinois Mrs. J. H. Stansfield 

Texas Mrs. H. V. Lane 

District of Columbia Mrs. Kate Kearney Henrys 

Mississippi Mrs. Wm. D. Hurlburt 

Connecticut Mrs. Clarence F. R. Jenne 

Iowa Mrs. R. J. Johnstone 

Arkansas Miss Stella Pickett Hardy 

Virginia Mrs. Chas. C. Gibson 

California Mrs. Geo. C. Dennis 

Nebraska Mrs. John J. Stubbs 

Tennessee Mrs. Wm. G. Spencer 

Alabama Mrs. Harry T. Inge 

Indiana Mrs. F. A. Morrison 

Florida Miss Ella M. Rorabeck 

Minnesota Mrs. Irene Cox Buell 

North Carolina Mrs. Walter W. Watt 

Kansas Mrs. Dudley E. Cornell 

Oklahoma Mrs. Edward F. Johns 

Massachusetts Miss Elizabeth C. wood 


New Mexico Mrs. Singleton Ashenfelter 

North Dakota Mrs. Edward V. Bassett 

New Hampshire Mrs. Sarah M. Haley 

West Virginia Mrs. Parks Fisher 

South Carolina Mrs. Robt. Mixsen 

Certificate "^ 

Bulletin I ,, tith- r- ci 1 

Emergency \ Mrs. William Gerry Slade 

Board Directors ( (^ew\ork) 

Membership J 

Real Daughters Pins Miss M. Louise Edge, N. J. 

Centenary Celebrations. .. Miss Emma Webster Powell 

Records Mrs. B. L. Whitney 

Purchasing Com Mrs. Geo. B. Wallis 

Grave Markers Mrs. Calvin F. Troupe 



(Order of Organization.) 

1897 Dolly Madison Pennsylvania 

1899 Keystone Pennsylvania 

1900 Old Ironsides (given up) Pennsylvania 

1901 General Floyd Georgia 

1903 Peter Navarre Ohio 

1905 General Robert Patterson Pennsylvania 

1906 Stephen Decatur Pennsylvania 

1907 Oliver Hayward Perry Texas 

1908 Niagara Frontier Buffalo New York 

Genl. John E. Wool , New York 

Nicholas Headington Arkansas 

Com. Oliver Hazard Perry New York 

Frigate Constitution New York 

Col. Thos. Hinds Mississippi 

1909 Russell Lewis Missouri 

Rebecca Wells Heald Maryland 

1910 Sims Kelly Alabama 

John Craid Dodds Alabama 

Commodore Woolsey New York 

James Kearney Missouri 

1911 Andrew Jackson New York 

Commodore Perry Ohio 

Philip Schoff xVlarylan J 

General Andrew Jackson Vermont 

Geo. Buckner Fant Missouri 

Simon Bradford Aikansas 

First Virginia Virginia 

Dorothea Payne Madison Virginia 

Commodore McDonough Vermcnt 

1912 Col. Luther Dixon Vermcnt 

Northern Frontier New York 

Capt. James Lawrence New Jersey 

Fort Delaware (given up) Delaware 

Fort Optlandt (given up) Delaware 

Frances Scott Key Iowa 

J ohn Griffis Mlssr ui i 

Commodore H. H. Cocke.... Virginia 

1913 Fort Defiance lov/a 

, Stephen McClure Missouri 

Chalmette Arkansas 

1914 Lewis Cass Colorado 

Col. Thos. Hart Tennessee 

Gen'l. Benj . Mooer New York 

Pushmataka Oklahoma 

1915 Octagon House Alabama 

Century New Jersey 

Lewis Ewing Missouri 

Thomas Frestre Missouri 

New Chapter Texas 

Lewis Co. Chapter New York 

(Public— No. 86.) 

An Act to incorporate the National Society 
of United States Daughters of Eighteen Hun- 
dred and Twelve. 

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of 
Representatives of the United States of Amer- 
ica in Congress assembled, That Mrs. Flora 
Adams Darling, of New York; Mrs. William 
Gerry Slade, of New York; Mrs. Louis W. 
Hall, of Pennsylvania ; Mrs. Edward Roby, of 
Illinois; Mrs. M. A. Ludin, of New York; 
Mrs. Le Roy Sunderland Smith, of New York ; 
Miss Helen G. Bailey, of New Hampshire; 
Mrs. Alfred Russell, of Michigan; Mrs. Will- 
iam Lee, of Massachusetts ; Mrs. William Tod 
Helmuth, of New York; Mrs. Nelson V. Titus, 
of Massachusetts, their associates and succes- 
sors, are hereby created a body corporate and 
politic in the District of Columbia, by the name 
of the National Society of United States 
Daughters of Eighteen Hundred and Twelve, 
for patriotic, historical, educational and benev- 
olent purposes, the objects of which are as fol- 
lows : To perpetuate the memory and spirit of 
the men and women who were identified with 
the war of eighteen hundred and twelve, by 
publication of memoirs of famous women of 
the United States during that period, and the 
investigation, preservation and publication of 
authentic records of men in the military, naval 
and civil service of the United States during 
the said period ; by making the society one of 
the factors of educational and patriotic prog- 
ress, and by the promotion and erection of a 
house or home where the descendants of the 
zealous and brave patriots who achieved 
American independence, who have need of 

such a home may be sheltered from the storms 
of Hfe. 

Sec. 2. That the said society is authorized 
to hold real and personal estate in the United 
States, so far only as may be necessary to its 
lawful ends, to an amount not exceeding two 
hundred thousand dollars, and may adopt a 
constitution and make by-laws not inconsist- 
ent with law, and may adopt a seal. 

Sec. 3. That Congress reserves the right 
to alter, amend, or repeal this Act. 

Approved, Febniarv- 25, 1901. 


(Amended to April, 1915). 


We, the descendants of those patriots who, 
during the period in our National History em- 
braced by this Constitution, upheld the laws, 
and by force of arms, forever established 
American independence, do join together in a 
national corporate society, to be known as 
The National Society of United States 
Daughters of Eighteen Hundred and 
Twelve, the purpose of which is to preserve 
by publication, the records of our ancestors, 
memorials and historical data relating to that 
period ; to incite patriotism and love of coun- 
try; to promote active and friendly intercourse 
between State societies, — being careful in all 
social and official acts not to discriminate as to 
politics, religion or locality, thus binding units 
into unity through Fraternity. 


Section 1. To publish memoirs of women 
of the United States famous for their patriot- 
ism, especially those of the period covered 
in our Eligibility List. 

Sec. 2. To make this Society a factor of 
educational and patriotic progress by urging 
the United States Government, through an 
act of Congress, to compile and publish au- 
thentic records of men in military, naval and 
civil service from 1784 to 1815 inclusive; and 
by making it the dut\^ of each State President 
to acquire and preserve documents and records 
of events for which her State is renowned, — 


advise the Historian National of these, and of 
any existing historical data concerning her 
State during this period. 

Sec. 3. To promote the establishing of a 
Home where the descendants of the brave 
patriots who achieved American Independence 
during that era of our National History com- 
memorated by this Society, and who have 
need of such a Home, may be sheltered. 



Section 1, Qualifications. Any white 
woman over eighteen years of age, of good 
character, who offers satisfactory proof that 
she is a lineal descendant of^n ancestor who 
rendered civil, military or ftaval service, or 
gave notable material aid to the army or navy 
during the War of 1812, or tHe period of the 
causes which led to thai war (subsequent to 
the War of the Revolutioii) January 14, 1784, 
to November 2, 1815,. may- be eligible to mem- 
bership, provided that;^the applicant be ac- 
ceptable to the Society,' 

Sec. 2. Girls ^;-be^ween ten and eighteen 
years of age may join this Society, and shall 
be called "Junrbr^?' They shall be governed 
by the rules that govern all other members, 
except that they shall be debarred from hold- 
ing office and from voting, until they have at- 
tained to the age of eighteen years. 

Sec. 3. Applicants from unorganized States 
shall become members of the National Societ}-, 
and by separate roll from the State roll and 
separate form of admission. These members 
will form the basis of State organization when 
that State becomes organized. 

Sec. 4. Members from organized States 
who, for any specific reason, may not join the 
State in which they reside, but are eligible, 
mav be entered on the National roll as mem- 

bers at large, on presentation of the required 
credentials and fees and dues, providing the 
State Board approves of such admission. 

Sec. 5. The active membership of the Na- 
tional Society shall consist of members from 
unorganized States, members at large from 
organized States who have been entered on 
the National roll, and all those members of 
organized States who have received a Na- 
tional number from the National Society, 
except honorary members. No honorary mem- 
ber shall hold active office of any kind what- 
soever. But an honorary officer may he an 
active member, if eligible to active meynber- 
ship. Ever>' one who has complied with the 
rules of admission shall join the Society of 
the State in which she resides, and shall have 
a number in the National Society, providing, 
always, that the applicant be accepted by the 
State and the National Society." 

Sec. 6. Honorary members and officers may 
be added by vote of the Executive Board. 

Sec. 7. Applications for membership shall 
be made in writing upon the blanks provided 
by the National Society for that purpose. No 
application shall be considered unless accom- 
panied by the initiation fee and dues, and en- 
dorsed by two well known persons, who, if not 
members of this Society, must accompany their 
signatures with letters, stating a satisfactory 
personal acquaintance with the applicant, such 
letters to be filed with the application. 

Sec. 8. Any member of the National So- 
ciety whose conduct shall be proven disloyal, 
or detrimental to the National Society, may be 
dropped by an affirmative vote of nine mem- 
bers of the Executive Board, provided the 
member has been given a written copy of the 
charges and an opportunity to appear before 
the Board with or without counsel. 

Also, any member of the National Society 
who is one year in arrears for dues, after hav- 


ing been sent three notices, may be dropped 
in a like manner, unless retained by consent 
of the National Executive Board. 



Wom.en whose ancestors rendered military 
or naval service in one of the following wars, 
or belonged to the United States army or navy 
during this period. 

1784-1787, Wyoming Valley disturbances. 

1786-1787, Shays Rebellion. Massachusetts. 

1790-1795, War v/ith the Northwest Indians. 

1791-1794, Whiskey Insurrection in Penn- 

1798-1800, War with France. 

1799, Fries Insurrection in Pennsylvania. 

1801-1805, War with Tripoli. 

1806, Burr Conspiracy. 

1806, Sabine Expedition. Louisiana. 

1807, Naval affair in Chesapeake Bay. 

1808, Embargo troubles. Lake Champlain. 

1811, United States Frigate President, en- 
gaged the British ship "Little Belt" on her 
claim of right to search. 

1811-1813, War with the Northwest Indians. 

1812, Florida or Seminole War. 

1813, Peoria Indian War. Illinois. 
1813-1814, Creek Indian War. Alabama. 

1814, Commodore Patterson's Expedition 
against La Fittes Pirates. 

1812-1815, War with Great Britain. War 
of 1812. 

1815, War with the Barbary Powers. March 
to August, 1815. 


Women lineally descended from an ancestor 
who was constant in loyal service to the 
United States in the Continental Congress, — 
or in the legislature of one of the first fifteen 
States ; or as a delegate to the convention 


which met in Philadelphia the 25th of May, 
1787, and framed the Constitution of the 
United States, or as a member of the Conti- 
nental Congress at the date of its approval of 
the Constitutional Convention, February 21, 
1787, to September 13, 1788; or as a delegate 
to the Convention in any one of the eleven 
States which ratified the Constitution and or- 
ganized the Government ; or as an elector 
chosen by the people to make choice of our 
first President ; or in any one of the Legisla- 
tive, Executive, or Judicial offices of the 
United States Government from March 4, 1789, 
to November 2, 1815. Appointive offices, such 
as treaty delegates and commissioners, recog- 
nized by the United States Government, may 
be included in the eligibility list. 


Women who are lineal descendants of 
patriots who gave of their substance and 
strength in loyal service to their country. 



Section 1. The National Society shall con- 
sist of all members, active and honorary, who 
have received a National number. It shall be 
governed by an Associate Council and an Ex- 
ecutive Board. 

Sec. 2. The Associate Council shall consist 
of Presidents of States and their executive 
officers, not exceeding twelve in number, — the 
Executive Board of the National Society, 
Charter Trustees, Chapter Regents, the Hon- 
orary Presidents eldest in service in each 
State, the Chairmen of the Standing Commit- 
tees, and appointed organizing Presidents. It 
shall be presided over by the President Na- 
tional. It shall act on all questions presented 
to it, pertaining to the National Societ}-, and 
its decisions shall be final. 


Sec. 3. The Executive Board shall consist 
of fifteen members, including the Councillor 
National, the Chairman of the Charter Trus- 
tees, and the President's Special Secretary 

The Executive Board shall transact all busi- 
ness necessar}- between the meetings of the 
Associate Council, including action upon all 
questions which have not been settled by the 
Associate Council. It shall be compelled to 
consider all questions presented to it by the 
Associate Council, and must act upon all ques- 
tions brought before it by any member or any 
legislative power connected with the Societ\'. 
No official document legally requiring signa- 
ture, shall be valid, which is not signed by the 
President National and the First Vice-Presi- 
dent National, and four additional members 
of this Board. It shall also be empowered to 
receive and hold gifts, treasures of trust, 
relics, real estate and properties of any kind, 
and arrange for the current expenses of the 
Society by any method approved by the ma- 
jority of its members. Vacancies on this 
Executive Board shall be filled by appoint- 
ment by the Board for the full remainder of 
the elective term. 

Sec. 4. There shall be a Board of five Char- 
ter Trustees, whose duty it shall be to protect 
and report upon the Charter. This Board 
shall meet at the call of the President Na- 
tional, or of its Chairman. Any act of the 
Charter Trustees, which is considered by them 
necessary in relation to the Charter shall be 
valid if approved by a majority of the Execu- 
tive Board. Its membership is for life. On 
the removal of one of its members, the vacancy 
shall be filled by the four remaining. The 
first Board consisted of Mrs. Edward Roby, 
(Chairman) ; Mrs. William Gerry Slade, Mrs. 
Louis W. Hall, Mrs. William Tod Helmuth, 
and Mrs. George B. Woodward. 




Honorary Vice-Presidents National. There 
shall be eighteen Honorary Vice-Presidents 
National chosen to represent the eighteen 
States that were in the Union at the time of 
the War of 1812. 


Section 1. President National. The Presi- 
dent National shall preside at all meetings of 
the Society and shall exercise all the func- 
tions of a presiding officer. She shall be a 
member of all committees ; shall direct the 
work of the Societ}-, and shall enforce a strict 
compliance and observance of its Constitution. 
She shall have charge of the seal and be em- 
powered to use it officially, and shall sign all 
appointments and official documents approved 
by the Executive Board. 

No communication from any officer or mem- 
ber of this Society shall be considered official 
unless signed by the President National. She 
shall also be allowed a Special Secretary from 
among the members of the Society in the place 
where she resides, whose duties shall be de- 
fined by her. 

Sec. 2. First, Second, Third and Fourth 
Vice-Presidents. In the absence of the Presi- 
dent National, or at her request, the Vice- 
Presidents in their order, shall assume the 
duties of the President National. 

Sec. 3. Councillor National. She shall have 
a vote in all m.atters pertaining to the National 
Society, and shall be an advisory member of 
the Executive Board. 

Sec. 4. Recording Secretary National. The 
Recording Secretar\' shall record and be cus- 
todian of the minutes of every meeting of the 
National Societ}^ Associate Council and Exec- 


utive Board. She shall sign all official docu- 
ments with the President National, and shall 
make an annual report to the National Society. 

Sec. 5. Corresponding Secretary National. 
This officer shall perform such correspondence 
and send such notices as shall be ordered by 
the Executive Board, or requested by the 
President National. 

Sec. 6. Special Secretary National. The 
Special Secretary National shall perform any 
duties required by the President National. 

Sec. 7. Treasurer National. The Treas- 
urer National shall collect and have charge of 
all the funds of the National Societ}', and de- 
posit the same in such bank as the Executive 
Board shall approve, in the name of the 
National Society of United States Daughters 
of i8i2. No bills shall be paid unless signed 
by the President National as authorized by the 
Executive Board. She shall file vouchers for 
all receipts and expenditures and shall render 
a complete report at the annual meeting after 
the Auditor shall have audited her accounts. 
Her books shall always be open for examina- 
tion by members of the Executive Board. No 
person or persons other than the Treasurer 
National shall be permitted to receive^ or hold 
funds belonging to the National Society, ex- 
cept that, for some specific reason, a substi- 
tute shall have been appointed by the Execu- 
tive Board. 

Sec. 8. Curator National. The Curator 
National shall make a list, — which she shall 
safely preserve — of all relics, gifts and sou- 
venirs kept at the headquarters of the Society, 
or in the custody of the Executive Board and 
prepare a history of the same and present it at 
the annual meeting of the National Society. 
Sec. 9. Historian National. The His- 
torian National shall prepare and keep the 
history of the Society, and shall present it as 
a report at the annual meeting of the National 


Sec. 10. Charter Trustee National. This 
office shall be held by the Chairman of the 
Board of Charter Trustees. 

Sec. 11. Register National. She shall 
verify all changes of roll and shall append to 
each a statement of verification over her sig- 
nature. She shall file all changes of roll, with 
all proofs sumbitted with them. She shall 
keep a register of the names and dates of the 
election, marriage, resignation, or death 
of members with their National and State 

Sec. 12. Auditor. The duties of the Audi- 
tor shall be to audit the books, vouchers and 
report of Treasurer annually. 



Standing Committees shall be formed, when 
necessar\', by the President National, and 
must be approved by not less than five mem- 
bers of the Executive Board. 

Special Committees may be appointed by 
the President National in the interim of the 
Board meetings. 



Section 1. The Treasury of the National 
Society shall consist of the amount received 
from the initiation fees and dues of the first 
seven members in each State hereafter or- 
ganized and of all members whose names are 
on the National roll only. 

Sec. 2. Fifty cents per member must be paid 
into the National Society Treasury from each 
organized State Society Treasury before Jan- 
uar}^ first, of each and every j^ear. Payment 
of these dues at or before the time specified 
must be made in order to have voice or vote 
or representation in any business meeting 


connected with the Society, providing two 
notices have been sent to the deHnquent State. 
Sec. 3. The Treasury may be farther in- 
creased by gifts, bequests and the results of 



A quorum of any meeting pertaining to this 
Society, shall be those in attendance after 
equal notice has been sent to each member 
entitled to such notice. 



Section I. The business headquarters shall 
be in the city where the President National 
resides, and no business shall be considered 
valid if conducted elsewhere, unless by major- 
ity vote of members present at any meeting of 
the Executive Board. 

Sec. 2. Mail-matter, except that addressed 
to the President National, sent to the busi- 
ness headquarters, shall be opened there by 
the person in charge. 

Sec. 3. No address on official paper shall 
be used with the name of the Society, which 
omits that of the National headquarters. 


The Seal of the National Society shall be 
the Insignia of the National Society surround- 
ed b\- forty-six stars, and the official name of 
the National Society, with the motto, "Liberty 
and Fraternity." 



Section 1. The insignia of the entire So- 
ciety is a single star — the Star of Hope — 
resting upon an anchor — the Anchor of Faith. 


The center of the star to be blue enamel, and 
on it the legend, "U. S. D. 1812/' In gold. 
All insignias are to be alike without jewels. 
The insignia to be suspended on a blue and 
gray ribbon, one and a half inches long, with 
a bar pin bearing the name "National Society," 
or the name of the State in which the member 
resides. The State or National number, or 
both may be engraved on back of insignia. 
Permits for insignia may be issued by the 
State or National Presidents. Permits for 
stationery bearing the insignia or name of the 
Society, or both, will be issued b\- State or 
National Presidents. 

Sec. 2. The flower of the Society is the 
white carnation. 


Section 1. Meetings. The annual meet- 
ing of the Associate Council and the annual 
meeting of the National Society shall be held 
in the week in which the 26th of April shall 
occur of each and every year. 

Members of the Associate Council may be 
represented at the annual meeting by their 
appointees. In addition to those members 
and possible appointees of absent members, 
the State Societies may elect alternates to fill 
any possible vacancies, and the State Presi- 
dent (or her appointee) shall have authority, 
at any time, to fill a vacancy in the delega- 
tion from the alternates elected by the State 
Society for the purpose. The names of ap- 
pointees and of alternates shall be sent by 
the State President (or her appointee) to the 
headquarters of the National Society, not 
later than four days before the National 
meeting, in order to receive recognition. 
Appointees must be residents of the States 
they represent, except in the case of Army 
or Navy members, who may represent the 
State to which they belong. 


Sec. 2. The Executive Board of the Na- 
tional Society shall hold its meeting on the 
week of the 'l2th of January and October of 
each year, at such hour and place as may be 
deemed suitable by the Executive Board. A 
third meeting shall be held within twenty-four 
hours of the annual meeting, and as many 
other meetings as shall be found necessary. 
It shall also decide where the National meet- 
ings shall be held, provided the Associate 
Council has not made such decision. The 
President National can call a special meeting 
at any time, and must do so at the written 
request of five members of the Executive 

Sec. 3. Special meetings of any division of 
this National Society, or of any committee 
connected therewith can be called at any 
time by the President National, or by the 
written' request of five members of the Execu- 
tive Board, or by fifteen members of the As- 
sociate Council,' the latter representing at 
least three States. 



The present appointments and elections 
to office of 1901 shall be honored until the 
expiration of the date of such elections 
or appointments. Subsequent election or 
appointment to the Executive Board shall be 
as follows : 

Sec. 1. The President, Second Vice-Presi- 
dent, Fourth Vice-President, Corresponding 
Secretary and Curator shall be as if elected 
in the odd calendar year. The Registrar 
shall be appointed by the President and ac- 
cepted by the National Society Board in the 
same year. 

Sec." 2. The First Vice-President, Third 
Vice-President, Recording Secretary-, Treas- 


urer, Historian and Auditor shall be as if 
elected in the even calendar year. 

Sec. 3. Councillor National is an appoint- 
ive office by unanimous consent of the mem- 
bers present at the National Executive Board 
meeting. The first appointment was for four 

Sec. 4. Special Secretary National as ap- 
pointed by the President National and ap- 
proved by the Executive Board. 

Sec. 5. Charter Trustees National for life 
or resignation. Vacancy in this office shall 
be filled by the next one on this Charter 
Trustee Board in the order of election thereto. 

Sec. 6. Elections to this Executive Board 
shall be made in the Associate Council. The 
three nev/ officers, namely, Fourth Vice-Presi- 
dent, Registrar and Auditor, created in 1909, 
shall serve for a period of three years. All 
subsequent elections shall be for a period of 
two (2) years or until their successors are 
elected, subject to the above rulings. 

Sec. 7. Nomination shall be by infonnal 
ballot, at the annual meeting of the Associate 
Council. The two names receiving the high- 
est number of votes for each office, shall be 
candidates for the election. 

Sec. 8. Election shall be b}' a majority bal- 
lot of those present at the annual meeting of 
the Associate Council. The names of the 
offices to be filled to be printed on the ballot, 
and the names of the candidates and offices 
to be filled being written and placed in sight 
for full information of voters. 

Sec. 9. Three Tellers shall be appointed by 
the chair. To these shall be given a registered 
roll of all who are entitled to vote. 

Sec. 10. New^ly elected officers shall assume 
office at the close of the annual meeting, at 
which they are elected ; but sixty da3's shall be 
given the retiring officers to pass over all 
necessary- papers to their successors. 




Section 1. Any State having seven mem- 
bers on the National Roll can organize with 
the authority of the organizing President and 
the Executive Board. The First President of 
each State will be appointed for a term of 
four years by the National Society. 

Sec. 2. Each State organizes in its own 
right, adopts its own seal and by-laws, but 
accepts and adopts the Constitution and in- 
signia of the National Society. Each State is 
distinctly independent, elects its own State 
oflEicers after first appointments expire, regu- 
lates its own dues, and disburses its own 
money, and is a part of the National Society. 
The name of a State shall be the official name 
of the National Society with the name of the 
State added. 

Sec. 3. There can be but one State Society 
of this National Society of United States 
Daughters of 1812 in each State. 

Sec. 4. State Delegates to the annual meet- 
ing are the State Officers, or their appointees, 
or their alternates, who form the Associate 

Sec. 5. All communications from any State 
must be signed by the State President in 
order to be considered official. 

Sec. 6. Chapters may be formed where 
there are seven members in any one locality, 
but must be organized under authority of the 
State Society which is a part of the National 
Society. Territories, and any place not in- 
cluded as States of the United States, shall be 
formed as United States Chapters with State 
privileges, excepting the District of Columbia, 
which shall rank as a State with all the 
powers and rights of a State, under this 


Sec. 7. Chapters shall be governed by a 
series of resolutions. 

Sec. 8. When a State Society or United 
States Chapter is organized, the State Presi- 
dent or Chapter Regent sends the following 
Compact, signed by herself, her State Secre- 
tary, and all the members in the immediate 
locality of the headquarters of said State or 
Chapter : 

"The President and Secretary and Char- 
ter members of the National Society of United 
States Daughters of 1812, State of, (or chap- 
ter of) conform to the Con- 
stitution, and agree to enforce the rules and 
regulations of the Executive Board and Asso- 
ciate Council, and endeavor to promote the 
interests of the National Society." 

Sec. 9. The President and Secretar\', by 
permission of the Executive Board shall send 
to every newly organized State Society, after 
the compact of Section 8 of this Article has 
been received by it, the following certificate 
of admission : 

"By virtue of and subject to the National 
Society, Associate Council and Executive 
Board of the United States Daughters of 1812, 
the Society for the State (or Chapter) of 
has been duly acknowledged, 

'Secretary National. 

"Signed and 

"President National." 
Sec. 10. The Executive Board of the Na- 
tional Society reserves the right to annul any 
of its appointments if so requested in a peti- 
tion signed by every member (except that of 
said appointee) of the State Governing Board. 
It can also annul any appointments for causes 
which may obtain the requisite number of sig- 
natures of the National Executive Board. 


Sec. 11. The National President shall be 
empowered to make an appointment o£ State 
President without waiting for a meeting of 
the Executive Board, providing such an ap- 
pointment received the requisite number of 
signatures as per Constitutional requirements. 



Amendments to this Constitution shall be 
submitted to the Associate Council at its 
annual meeting. At the succeeding annual 
meeting of the Associate Council, they can 
be adopted by a two-thirds vote of the mem- 
bers present at the Council meeting, providing 
notices that amendments are to be acted up- 
on have been sent to each member of the 
Associate Council. 



(Accepted by National Board.) 

Each Cabinet Secretar>^ while holding her 
office, is considered as the chairman of a com- 
mittee consisting of the members in her State. 
She is supposed to make the work she repre- 
sents part of the business of her State meet- 
ings, and have at least fifteen minutes of each 
meeting devoted to the work. Should she 
go out of office as State President while hold- 
ing the position, she shall request the same 
liberty to call her committee for conference 
as any other committee chairman. She shall 
hold her position four years. A full report 
is expected at each annual meeting, and an 
.entire session will, if possible, be devoted to 
this branch of the work with discussions. 
The reports and all data connected with their 
work shall be written and saved for publica- 
tion by the Society. Ever}'- State President 


and every Chapter Regent is urged to send 
all papers, etc., to the Cabinet Secretary 
representing the work for which she is ap- 

1. Secretary of War or Military Events. 
The Secretary of War or Military Events 
shall collect all data relating to the military 
work of this country during the period of 
1784-1815, inclusive. She shall ask for a 
copy of all papers (referring to this part of 
the work), which are given at any State or 
Chapter meeting, and shall carefully preserve 
the same in convenient form for publication 
whenever the Society may so desire. 

2. Secretary of Memorials and Grave Mark- 
ers. The Secretary of Memorials and Grave 
Markers shall have charge of all the work per- 
taining to grave-markers during her term of 
office. She should keep a record of all points 
of interest which should be memorialized 
either by monument or tablet. She shall 
keep this in a form ready for publication 
by the National Society, or for informa- 
tion for any State which may desire to be ; 
guided in such work, the period covered being 

3. Secretary of Referees. The Secretary of 
Referees shall study any historical problem 
presented by any member of the Society, and 
shall answer according to her best ability. 
The executive, legislative and judicial work 
are in the hands of the Executive Board, but 
that Board shall be at liberty to confer with 
the chairman of Referees if it so desires. 

4. Secretary of Current Events. The Secre- 
tary of Current Events shall collect the data 
regarding any current events (during the 
year) which shall materially affect the United 
States as a nation, either in a Civil, Military 
or Naval manner. She shall omit from her re- 
port anything personal unless it is biographi- 



cal, regarding events of the year. She shall 
keep a cop}^ of all papers referring to this 
part of the work, and shall file away and keep 
carefully all papers that are sent to her from 
any source regarding the same. Her report 
shall not contain anything pertaining to the 
Society itself, as all of this is contained in 
the executive work of the Society. 

5. Secretary of Progress. The Secretary' of 
Progress shall embody in her report at the 
annual meeting of the National Society, her 
own thoughts for any procedure which shall 
advance the interests of the Society. During 
the year she shall generously collect the 
opinions of other members of the National 
Society and State and Chapter organizations, 
and shall present them in her report. She 
shall keep a written account of this and have 
it ready for reference at any time. 

6. Secretary of Patriotism. The Secretary 
of Patriotism shall study into the events of 
the nation at large and shall keep a written re- 
port of her own studies, and any ideas which 
shall be presented to her, by which we, as a 
Society, can take part in any patriotic effort 
for the good of our country. No ways and 
methods for this work can be given. It must 
depend largely upon the Secretary herself. 

7. Secretary of Genealogy. The duties of 
the Secretary of Genealogy are to collect and 
keep any genealogical data not already in 
printed books, and which may come to her 
through the Society or otherwise, pertaining 
to those who are eligible to membership un- 
der our eligibility clause, or to the ancestors 
by whom they became eligible, or of the 
soldiers, sailors, or statesmen or women who 
were causes or participants of historical 
events of the period covered. In addition, 
the genealogy of any child born to any mem- 
ber of the Society while in full membership, 


sliall be received and registered by this chair- 
man and added to whenever possible, and 
shall be given to said child at the time it 
takes up its Junior membership. 

8. Secretary of State. The Secretary of 
State shall collect all data regarding the Civil 
Government of this country during the period 
1784-1815 covered by this eligibility. She 
shall ask for a copy of all papers referring to 
this part of the work which are given at any 
meeting of any State and Chapter, and shall 
carefully preserve the same in a convenient 
form for publication whenever the Society 
may so desire. This period being one in 
which the Civil action was largely the cause 
of the War, every item is particularly valuable 
as history. 

9. Secretary of Education. The duties of 
the Secretary of Education shall be to stud}' 
the different phases of education adopted 
throughout the country during the period that 
we represent, and to suggest improvements 
in the present mode of education, particularly 
patriotic education which makes good citi- 
zens. She shall give earnest consideration 
to this subject, having in view the progress 
of education in the different States throughout 
the country, the comparisons, one with an- 
other, and the selecting of the best modes 
to make the best citizens — particularly for 

10. Secretary of Biography. The duties of 
the Secretarx^ of Biography shall be to co.llect . 
all items and data of men or women who 
helped make history during the period of 
1784-1815, represented b}- this Societ3\ She 
shall collect all data relating to the same, par- 
ticularly an}' that may come to her knowledge 
which is yet unpublished, with items and 
anecdotes, and all such papers which may be 
written (while in manuscript) and arrange the 
same in order for publication. 


11. Secretary of Philanthropy. The duties 
of the Secretary of Philanthropy shall be to 
study the various methods of relief during the 
period embraced by our eligibility. She shall 
particularly study the best methods for a 
Society like ours to employ during war and 
disaster, not interfering or encroaching on 
the work of the Red Cross. She shall devise 
ways and means for doing relief work among 
our own members and also for those who are 
eligible and needy and are not members. 
Shall devise ways and means for the "Home," 
which is part of our Charter and Consti- 
tutional work. Shall assist and advise in the 
best way to raise money for all the above 

12. Secretary of the Navy. It shall be the 
duty of the Secretary of the Navy to collect 
all possible data regarding the navy during 
the period which we represent. Its depletion 
after the Revolution, its building up when 
required, its great achievements, and to get 
a list of those engaged therein, and as far as 
possible of those impressed into British ser- 
vice, and to plan out wa3-s and means by 
which we can help the navy of to-day to be 
the finest navy in the world. 

At present, appointments to these Secretary- 
ships must he from State Presidents. 





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